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Jan 24, 2013 3:35am EST
aerial vehicles or, as the media likes to call them, drones. narrator: already the pentagon relies on a family of more than 10,000 drones, usually to spy but sometimes to kill. small enough to fit in a soldier's backpack, the three-foot-long raven is the most widely used spy drone in the world. the stealthy sentinel provided crucial intelligence in the raid to kill bin laden. the killer predator has flown thousands of missions since 2001 and the giant global hawk can stay aloft and spy for up to 35 hours. the military uses drones to support troops on the ground. the cia maintains a covert drone program to find and target individuals. the government claims drones have helped to eliminate up to 70% of al qaeda's top leadership. they have been so effective, the air force predicts nearly a third of its attack and fighter planes will be drones within a decade. planes can fly longer, they can pull more gs, they can be more precise when they bomb if a human is not in the cockpit. narrator: we're entering a new era when the supremacy of even the most advanced planes is be
CBS
Jan 24, 2013 3:10am PST
. the pentagon scraps its ban on women serving in combat, opening up thousands of positions on the front lines. >>> the gun control debate enters the halls of congress today as democratic lawmakers introduce a bill banning assault rifles. >>> and bruised apple. shares of the tech giant crash after it fails to meet wall street's expectations. captioning funded by cbs >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, january 24th, 2013. good morning. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. today defense secretary leon panetta will make a historic change for the united states military. the pentagon will lift its ban for women serving in combat roles. they comprise more than 14% of all active duty personnel, and more than a quarter of a million, 280,000 women, have served in iraq afghanistan, or neighboring countries in support of those two wars. susan mcginnis is in washington with more. good morning, susan. >> good morning, anne-marie. today's announcement overturns a 1994 ban o
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